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Environment/Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

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  • SDGs14
  • SDGs12
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) japan Prof.
ISOBE Atsuhiko
(Center for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyusyu University) researchmap
Kingdom of Thailand Associate Prof.
Voranop Viyakarn
(Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University)
Research Institutions in Japan Kyusyu University / Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology / Kagoshima University / Kumamoto University / Kyoto University /Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology / Chuo University / Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region
Research Institutions in Thailand Chulalongkorn University / Eastern Asia University / Walailak University / Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Adoption fiscal year FY 2019
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Kingdom of Thailand
General Description of the Research Project

Researching ways in which plastic wastes are released into the oceans and the impact of marine plastic debris on the ocean environment
The Southeast Asian region is thought to be a hotspot for marine plastic pollution. However, the influence of marine plastic on the ecosystem and human activity is not yet sufficiently clear. This project establishes a research center in Thailand to survey the ways in which plastic wastes are released into the oceans and the impact of the debris on the ocean environment. It also aims to monitor the routes of marine plastic debris from land to the ocean and the volume of plastic emitted, and to forecast future levels of marine microplastic emissions.

Proposing an action plan for mitigating marine plastic debris to the Thai government
The project will support Thailand’s government in formulating a policy for reducing marine plastics based on scientific knowledge. It will also roll out the initiative in Thailand to other surrounding nations and contribute to sustainable reduction of marine plastics in Southeast Asia. Among other things, this research center is expected to play a role in demonstrating the scientific basis for bolstering policies for reducing marine plastics.

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Giving an overview of the project at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Pollution Control Department


Signing the RD (Record of Discussions) at Chulalongkorn University.


Marine plastic debris washed ashore on Samaesan Island, site of the survey

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